Fresh Tracks: Justin Timberlake, Clutch, and more!

This week’s new music releases contain one of the most highly anticipated, and arguably the biggest release of the year: Justin Timberlake is back with The 20/20 Experience. (Although we’ll have to wait until November for the second half of the album.) Rolling Stone, which gave the album 4 out of 5 stars,  says “The 20/20 Experience is the biggest pop event of 2013 so far, but it’s not quite a pop album. Its sense of musical space-time is more elastic and sprawling than anything on the radio: The 10 tracks average seven minutes; songs unfurl into vamps, abruptly change keys, pile on unexpected beats and harmonies. The music is catchy, but the emphasis is on rhythm and flow.”

Clutch – Earth Rocker
Maryland’s own Clutch, who play a SOLD OUT show at Rams Head Live on April 20, turn up the volume on their new album Earth Rocker. The Miami Herald saysEarth Rocker” is Clutch’s hardest-hitting album in a while, and it’s full of Fallon’s occasionally inscrutable, fantastical sci-fi themes….A welcome return to form.”

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club “Specter at the Feast”
The Consequence of Sound says ” Been sounds particularly lost here — and that’s a compliment. It’s not that his lyrics are gut-wrenching. It’s not that they’re specific. But there’s a pleading grief to them that can’t be faked.”

Marnie Stern “The Chronicles of Marnia”
Spin, which labels this release a “Spin Essential” scoring it 8 out of 10,  says “Songs like “You Don’t Turn Down” sound growly and straight-up tough — she’s always been a virtuoso, but part of the suspense with her old songs was whether or not they’d fall apart before she finished them. You could knock a door down with these.”

Also released:
Billy Bragg “Tooth & Nail” – playing Rams Head On Stage on April 22
Kacey Musgraves “Same Trailer, Different Park”
Lotus “Build”
Lydia “Devil”
Palma Violets “180”
The Black Crowes “Wiser for the Time” (Live Album)
Walk Off the Earth “R.E.V.O”


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